Sometime last night, the people-crush of Black Friday began. It continued late into the night and well into this morning. Those crowds won’t abate until, well, who knows when.
I enjoyed Black Friday in my own way, with several hundred other like-minded Tulsans.
Here’s the crowd I was in Friday morning…
Of course, after fighting the crowds you need to refuel. Replenish. Have a seat and grab a little sustenance to get you through it. Here’s what I grabbed at my “food court.”
That’s a Marshall Sundown Wheat, a Tulsa brew, and not too shabby. Pretty sweet post-race goodies, right?
Anyway, a nice way to start the day. Friday morning was Tulsa’s own version of the Turkey Trot, a 5K race through downtown. I’m a slow runner, but making progress. I smashed my previous 5K PR by almost 2 minutes, 30 seconds. I run better when it’s cooler (it was 42 degrees at race time), but the course itself was kinda challenging for a 5K. Some long hills, plus going over the steep incline of the Detroit Avenue bridge twice.
But the best thing about it was being able to run a race through downtown, in the shadows of the skyscrapers, with a boatload of other people on a bright, sunny day. That makes for a good time.
I’m not sure how you spent your Black Friday morning, but I kinda like how I spent mine. Something tells me returning home high on endorphins was way better than collapsing at the house after hours of fighting crowds, blowing cash and enduring shopping center traffic.
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